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SUPER EASY Mail Art Idea! Colorful Rainbow Envelope!

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– Hello, everyone. Kristina here. I have another fun Mail Art envelope for you guys today. This one is completely DIY, easy watercolor. It’s gonna be so simple and very approachable, and you could actually adapt this idea for many cards as well, and I’ll talk a little bit about that later. So today I’ve already prepped some watercolor paper. I’m using some watercolor paper from Canson. This is a 90-pound watercolor paper. And I like to use a little bit of a thinner watercolor paper when creating envelopes, because it’s easier to fold. Because of that, it’s not quite as thick. It can’t take a lot of color all at once. So I’m going to be painting this kind of rainbow pattern one time completely, and then I’m gonna go over it again to intensify some of the colors. So previous to where you’re seeing this video, I did prep my envelope using We Are Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punchboard.

This is going to be an envelope for a five-by-seven card, so I just used the measurements on that board. If you’d like more information about how to create an envelope using that board, I’ve done quite a few Mail Art videos where I show at the beginning of the video how you can find your measurements and cut your paper down and essentially create your envelope before you start painting or drawing on it. So the watercolors I’m using today are from Mijello. This is the Mission Gold set. I absolutely love these watercolors, and I realize I haven’t used them in weeks. It’s been a long time, and it was so fun to break these out again.

So this envelope was inspired by an envelope that I saw on Instagram by Juicy Christians. Her name’s Nathifa. She’s an amazing artist. I saw this envelope on her Instagram account, and I was like, “Ooh, I really want to paint some rainbows,” I realized, some rainbow shapes like she did. Hers is actually quite a bit different from mine. She’s got like two rainbows that are kinda back to back, and then she’s added some intricate and whimsical designs on top and painted some design in between the two rainbow shapes. But when I saw that envelope, I was inspired, and I really wanted to create a rainbow envelope of my own. So I’ll link to her post down below in the video description or at my blog, so you can go over and see what inspired me to create my envelope.

And the thing that’s really cool is that Nathifa and I have been paired up for Pass the Brush. Pass the Brush is an online art community initiative similar to Share the Mic. If you saw that on Instagram back in June, it was where people with large followings on Instagram shared their account with a person of color and kinda amplified their voice. And when Dina Wakley invited me to be part of this, I was like, yes, this is awesome.

And I’m so excited that I was paired up with Nathifa. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us. She’s going to be sharing her art on my Instagram on Thursday of this week, and then we will be doing an Instagram Live together on Friday. So I’ve finished all of my painting, and I’m peeling up my masking tape that protected the flaps, and now I’m going to work on the address. Now the address I’m using today, I was given permission to use, like usual. And if you would like to submit your address for Mail Art videos or Mail Art Instagram posts or just anything in general, there’s a link down in the video description.

You can just go over there and submit your address. I do update that form monthly, and that’s so that I can make sure that I have up-to-date addresses on everyone who submits an address. So if you submitted an address in June and you’d still like you’re address to be considered for a future Mail Art, you’ll need to go and fill out that form once again, this time for the month of July. So that’s just how I work it, making sure I have everyone’s address current. The pen I’m using is a Posca paint pen, and it’s going on top of this watercolor, and sometimes it activates the color underneath. Those first three lines of her address went on with no problem. There wasn’t a ton of thick paint on those areas. However, this purple at the bottom is super thick and saturated.

There was just a lot of paint on the brush and not as much water. So as I’m writing these numbers, it’s pulling up some of that purple. You can kinda see it on the number six and on the number eight. So what I did was I scribbled off on some paper. I also shook up that pen so I got a really thick paint coming out and then went back over those numbers, and that really brightened up the white paint on these numbers, and then I was able to draw it on with no problems whatsoever. So after I had the address on there, I picked out some postage stamps. Three of these are vintage stamps and one, I guess it’s technically a vintage stamp, it’s not sold anymore, but it is a Forever stamp, so I know that I’ll have enough postage to send this envelope.

So the way I like to adhere these vintage stamps that need moisture on them is I use a water brush to apply water to the back of these stamps, and I find that it adds a lot more moisture than if I was just to lick the stamp, which is normally what people do. Using more water like this makes it even more sticky, and I can actually swirl that brush on the postage stamp and really work up that adhesive so that it’s super, super sticky. When I do it this way, I don’t need any additional adhesive. Some people online like to use a glue stick to help them adhere the postage stamps, but I find that I don’t need that when I do it this way. I used a Uni-Ball Signo Broad pen for my address on the flap, and it worked generally okay, but I find that the flow of that particular pen on watercolor paper isn’t as smooth as I would like. Normally, I like a Gelly Roll number-10 pen. I think it glides on a little bit better.

Today, I’m not sure why, I grabbed a different pen. But there you go. Some of you had asked why I don’t use the Uni-Ball Signo anymore, and that’s why. I just struggle with it when I’m writing with it. When doing small details on projects, the Ubi-Ball Signo Broad is great, like little dots or things like that, but when I’m writing with it, I find that it’s not as smooth as I would hope, and I like to use a Gelly Roll pen instead. So I adhered my envelope together just using some tape adhesive. I’ll have that linked down below if you’re wondering what adhesive I used, and now I’m going to protect the envelope with some Tim Holtz Distress microglaze. This microglaze puts a coating over the entire area, and once it’s dry, it resists moisture. So this is a great way to protect my watercolor painting as it goes through the mail. I’m also making sure to avoid the area of the postage stamps.

That’s because the postal service needs to be able to cancel those stamps, and if I go over those stamps with the microglaze, it puts this kinda slick surface over it and the canceling that they do at the post office, it will just slide right off these stamps. So I do not put the microglaze over the postage. After I applied that with a mini round blending tool, I then took a paper towel and just buffed off the excess. It does pick up a little bit of that paint, but it didn’t pick up any of the purple, which is actually the most intense shade on this. It picked up some yellow and orange, which I thought was interesting. So that’s the envelope for today. I hope you guys enjoyed. Please go over and check out Nathifa’s Instagram. I’ll link it down below. And also check out the Pass the Brush Instagram takeover that happens this week on Thursday.

Like I mentioned before, we will be doing a live video together on Instagram Friday at 3:00 p.m., Mountain Time. I hope you guys will join us. Thank you so much for watching today’s video, and I’ll be back with a card video, not just an envelope and a card, very soon. Thanks for watching..

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